My Dos and Don’ts to Staying Focused

Updated on: by Miranda Grimm
Staying Focused
There are often those jobs that pay great but the work is so monotonous we sometimes would rather pull our hair out strand by strand than to sit and work!
One such job many of the WAH Adventures Facebook followers have found themselves in is Titling at Demand Media. When many of us first heard of the job and how much money people were making we were anxious to get on-board and land this seemingly perfect job!
However, once we made our way in we began wondering how anyone was really making a full income from a job that becomes very straining and flat out boring!
Our excitement for the job deflated like a popped balloon.
However, my determined little mind knew that if someone else was bringing in over $1500 a month from a job I also had, then by golly I could too!!!! These are my Do and Don’t Do tips for working those dull repetitive work at home jobs like Titling.
Do: (of course not all at once 😉
  1. Turn on some music.
  2. Watch TV and work between commercials.
  3. Set a timer and work in bursts with breaks between.
  4. Break up your household chores with spurts of work.
  5. Schedule 15 minutes or so randomly throughout the day to work.
  6. Set an earnings goal for the day and use the whole day to meet that goal.
  7. Don’t allow yourself on Facebook (or whatever your guilty pleasure) until your short term goal is met.
  8. If working another job, like a phone job, work between calls or tasks.
  1. Set a goal and wait until the last day of the pay schedule to meet that goal!
  2. Try to spend a solid 8 hours working. You may be successful once or twice but I can nearly guarantee you will not be able to keep that stamina without being entirely burned out.
  3. Put work on the back burner. There is a reason you need to make money, remind yourself of those reasons from time to time.
  4. Neglect yourself. 
What do you do to keep yourself working and reaching your income goals?

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April 13, 2011 at 1:32 pm

I also have a titling role at DS that I try to maintain just in case. Oh but, boring and repetitive is right! I try to do it in the evenings while watching TV. For some reason, I just can't do it at my desk. I start wondering far too quickly.


April 13, 2011 at 1:43 pm

I find those tips work well with most dull tasks. If you can find a way to break them down, you can finish them.


April 13, 2011 at 2:05 pm

I work for an hour at a time and take an hour off. It seems to really work for me and I make 12.50 an hour. If I can do it, anyone can! Right now, I'm having a Bones marathon on Netflix!


April 13, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Great tips! I have a hard time not distracting myself with the titling because you're right it does get unbearably boring and repetitive. Breaking it up really helps. Like I'll sit and do $5 then take a break, then come back and do another $5, and so on.


April 13, 2011 at 3:53 pm

These are great tips. I've had a few of these gem jobs and found the 15 minute trick works for me.

C. Wilson

April 13, 2011 at 7:35 pm

Great tips! I use Focus Booster and set the timer for work for 30 minutes with a 15 minute break. It seems to work well for me. I do half of my money goal and then do housework and then finish my money goal. I am a writer for a bunch of places but I mostly title for Demand Studios. I also just picked up a job with Livework answering questions and I am trying to fit it in my schedule.

Chrystal Mahan

April 13, 2011 at 8:51 pm

I LOVE titling for DS. I watch TV while I do it. I am one of those that don't really get bored of it. I have been doing it for so long I really dont have to put much thought in to it anymore.

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April 14, 2011 at 11:33 am

I have a laptop on my work desk. I watch movies, TV episodes and listen to Sirius during my work shift.
I also get up frequently for stretches and walking around the desk.


January 11, 2013 at 7:25 pm

Just found this post Miranda… great tips! Might use some of them in my book.